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Tranmere Rovers 2-0 Barrow

26 December 2021

Tranmere made it five league wins in a row as goals from Nicky Maynard and Kieron Morris saw Rovers beat Barrow 2-0 at Prenton Park.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Rovers made the most of theirs and two clinical finishes resulted in Micky Mellon’s side taking all three points on Saturday afternoon.

Rovers dominated the first half and took the lead inside six minutes as Jay Spearing picked up the ball in the middle of the park and played an inch-perfect pass in behind to Nicky Maynard who slotted past Paul Farman to give Rovers the advantage.

Barrow created a couple of half chances with Robbie Gotts at the centre of the majority of positive things for the visitors in the first half.

Josh Gordon went close with a glancing header just past the 20-minute mark, but that was as close as Barrow could come to scoring in the first period.

Josh Hawkes saw a free kick rise over the bar just past the half-hour before Maynard had another chance with the last action of the half but his header from Kieron Morris’ cross went just wide of the post.

The second half was predominately controlled by the visitors despite never really challenging Ross Doohan in between the sticks.

Tom White came close with a right-footed curling effort which whistled just wide of the far post before having another effort deflected into the hands of the Rovers ‘keeper.

Nicky Maynard had an opportunity in the Barrow box which was charged down before the forward stayed down with an injury which forced him off and saw the introduction of Liam Feeney.

Feeney had an opportunity to double the advantage when he got in behind on the left hand-side but failed to prevent his effort from rising over the crossbar.

But as Barrow looked to try and grab an equaliser, Rovers did finally get their much desired second goal as Kieron Morris got the ball on the right from a great Elliott Nevitt pass and unleashed a shot past Farman who was beaten at his near post and saw Tranmere put the game to bed.

The game drew out to a close with five minutes added on but Rovers stayed professional and managed to see the game out and keep another clean sheet on home soil in Sky Bet League Two.

The fifth league win in a row sees Micky Mellon’s side rise to 3rd in the table, currently occupying the final automatic promotion spot.

Tranmere team: Doohan, O'Connor, Clarke, Davies, MacDonald, Morris, Spearing (Merrie 75'), Foley, Hawkes (Watson 75'), Maynard (Feeney 66'), Nevitt

Unused subs: Murphy, Hayde, Duffy, Burton


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